Locally, influenza activity remains elevated and is expected to continue for several more weeks. Vaccination is still recommended for those who have not yet received a flu shot.
At the State level, influenza activity is widespread.
The proportion of influenza A/H3N2 circulating has increased in the past several weeks. Detection of influenza B has been low so far this season.
As of March 9, 12 influenza-associated deaths in adults aged 18 to 64 years have been reported to Public Health. No pediatric deaths have been reported so far this season.
Influenza vaccination during hospitalization in 2014 was found to reduce risk of heart attack by 10% (read more here).
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its influenza vaccination recommendations for children for 2019-2020, based on current year data on live-attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) effectiveness. AAP’s recommendation(read more here) for use of either inactivated vaccine or LAIV for children in 2019-2020 is now consistent with CDC’s guidance.